Ok, is this really a news flash for you?
Haven’t we all heard for many years now
to increase our daily vegetable and fruit intake?
Well, if all those previous messages didn’t encourage you to change your eating habits,
perhaps this new study will.
According to an article posted by DailyRX at the beginning of this week, Dr. Oyinlola Oyebode,
of the Health and Social Surveys Research Group in the University College London, led the study.
The outcome of this study led to their recommendation to increase our daily
vegetable and fruit intake to six or more servings daily.
As stated in the article:
Researchers examined data on the dietary habits of adults for over seven years.
They found that eating seven or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day was tied to a lower risk of death overall as well as death from heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Each of the participants were asked about all of the fresh, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables they eat.
Salads, smoothies, and juices are included.
Over the course of the study, participants who ate at least seven daily portions of fruit and vegetables had a 42 percent lower risk of death from all causes.
Those participants also had a 25 percent reduced risk of dying from cancer and a 31 percent reduced risk of dying from heart disease and stroke.
The authors of the study claimed that vegetables may be more protective, as two to three daily portions were tied to a 19 percent lower risk of death, while the same portions of fruit led to a 10 percent lower risk of death.
Interestingly, frozen and canned fruit seemed to increase the risk of death by 17 percent, possibly due to added sugars.
For more information about the study, please refer to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
where it was published on March 31, 2014
The research was funded by the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
So, increasing your daily vegetable and fruit intake?
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